Fall, Winter, & Spring host a myriad of unique activities at a Colorado Guest Ranch

No matter what time of the year you come on a Colorado Dude Ranch Vacation, you will find plenty of unique things to do. Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and sleigh rides in winter, white water rafting, fishing, hiking, biking and more in Summer…and then their Autumn! Fall in the Colorado Rockies is a sight to behold and a time of year most ranches have special activity weeks.

5 Unknown Secrets About Colorado Dude Ranches in September

  • Adult only weeks

    ‘When the kids are away the parents will play!’ Most ranches offer Adult Only weeks and weekends in September. Saddle up for an unforgettable ride through the changing Aspens (i.e. leaf peeping on horseback) or try your hand at rounding up the cattle. September is a great month for the ‘big kids’ of the family to take a deep breath after a busy summer and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer in the fall. Whether you take a solo trip to rejuvenate , travel as a couple, or maybe it’s a short getaway with friends, you will likely fall in love with autumn in the Colorado Rockies.

  • Specialty weeks and weekends

    •  Culinary Weeks
    • Yoga Retreats
    • Cowgirl Roundups
    • Painting/Photography Workshops
    • Cattle Roundup Weeks
    • Hunting & Birding Trips
    • & More!

    If you are looking to get a little something ‘extra’ out of your Colorado Dude Ranch vacation then check out the specialty weeks and weekends in September. Click here for a list of a few of the offerings and call 1-866-942-3472 for ranch availability.

  • All inclusive packages

    Our CDGRA member ranches continue to offer their famous ALL INCLUSIVE packages throughout the month of September. These rates always include meals, lodging, & horseback riding and typically include most of the on ranch activities. You can truly leave your wallet at home! No need for tipping at meals or lugging around a bulky purse. Colorado cowboys travel light. And we think you should too!

  • Short stays available

    Although you’ll still find the popular week long stays available in September, you will also find that Colorado Dude & Guest Ranches offer a variety in minimum night stays. Many ranches that require a 6-7 night stay in the summer months will offer a minimum 3 night package (or less based on availability!) in the fall, winter, and spring. You can also find a few ranches who offer B&B stays. So whether you come for a night, 3 nights or more, September is a great month to get a taste of an authentic Colorado Ranch experience.

  • Discounted fall rates

    And if you just needed one more reason to jump in your car or on a plane to a Colorado Dude Ranch this September… check out the fantastic low rates many ranches offer throughout the month of September and on into the fall and winter! Call 1-866-942-3472 for September availability and to find the perfect ranch for your next getaway.

Fall Hunting, Birding, & Fishing

When aspens turn from green to gold to tangerine and then crimson, and the air becomes brisk, it’s a magical time to be in Colorado’s high country. It’s also hunting season and many of our ranches provide perfect game access by hiking or horseback riding. And you know you’ll be well taken care of with delicious meals and comfortable accommodations.

Whether you’re hunting with a rifle, bow, or black powder… for elk, deer, antelope, moose and more you will have plenty of options. Both on private land or National Forest. Each ranch is different so check to see what’s available at each.

Quiet rivers in autumn lead to great fly fishing in Colorado. Many local anglers will hate for us to ‘spill the beans’, but fewer fisherman in the fall can lead to some great catches for those who are on the water!

And the best part about planning your next sporting excursion at a Colorado Dude Ranch… the cozy cabins, warm fireplaces, and hearty western cuisine that waits for you upon your return at the end of the day.

Dude Ranch Winters & Snow Sports

Horseback riding season starts in May or June, depending on the elevation of the dude ranch and when it’s safe to assume the snow will have melted. But some dude ranches have riding available throughout the year.

When snow blankets the Colorado Rocky Mountains, wildlife comes in a little closer to the dude ranch and suddenly that fire in the lodge takes on a whole new glow. Colorado’s arid climate produces some of the world’s best powder for snow sports. Skiing, back-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, dog-sledding, nature viewing, sleigh rides, ice climbing and hot tubing are a few of the possible activities.

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